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Allard RothengatterAfter Effects: XML values to sourceText
by on Oct 6, 2014 at 9:38:38 am

Hey Guys,

This has probably been discussed somewhere, but I am having a hard time finding a suitable solution.

I am looking for a way to get XML values into a text layer's sourceText so that I can easily update several text layers in an animation by just changing the XML and then run a commandline renderer.

Any of you guys have some info on how to do this??

Thanks in advance...


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Walter SoykaRe: After Effects: XML values to sourceText
by on Oct 6, 2014 at 11:24:30 pm

There are a few good tools for doing this sort of work, including CompsFromSpreadsheet [link] and pt_OpenSesame Server [link].

If you can wrap your programmatic output in JavaScript instead of XML, you can read it from an expression with $.evalFile.

You might be able to save your After Effects project file as After Effects XML and process that programmatically for text replacement.

You could also write a script to handle the I/O, parsing, and text replacement.

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